The wave resource potential in the UK alone is theoretically estimated to be up to 27 gigawatts (GW)1 , with immense opportunities for R&D, in addition to job creation and internationalisation. However, challenges associated proving device survivability, reliability and performance in an open water environment have to date undermined the successful development of the wave energy sector.
In order to address a number of these challenges, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has been commissioned by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) to create a set of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) development guidance documents which draw upon the lessons learnt from real sea deployments of marine renewables at the Orkney-based test site.
The guidance documents produced here will provide an insight into what technology developers should be considering at early stages of development, notably in areas of offshore operations, HSE, logistics, installation support, and regulatory compliance. These will aid WEC developers in their technology development across a range of maturity levels and technology types so that informed design decisions can be made at earlier stages of the design process.